Prominent transgender soldier says she REGRETS playing in a women’s cricket competition: ‘It was a probably a mistake on my part’
- A transgender cricketer said she regrets playing women’s cricket as a female
- The political commentator said in ‘hindsight’ it was not fair for her to compete
- She said her past as a male had an unfair advantage over female-born cricketers
Cate McGregor, one of Australia’s most high profile transgender women, says she now regrets playing women’s cricket after transitioning because she acknowledges she had inherent physical advantages through being born male.
McGregor, who had an illustrious career in the army and is now a political and social commentator, told Ben Fordham on 2GB that it was not fair of her to compete against women.
‘I’ve seen it from both sides, I did play some female sport for a time in Services Cricket,’ McGregor said on Thursday.
McGregor (pictured) said looking back it wasn’t fair for her to play cricket as a transitioned woman because she had ‘inherent advantages’ of having been born male
‘I would never want to take a slot from a young aspiring-born female cricketer’, the transgender writer and political commentator said in hindsight on Thursday
‘With hindsight, I don’t think it was fair for me to embark on that course,’ McGregor said.
‘If you’re playing first-grade cricket at 63, which I was, that says a lot about the inherent advantages I had, having gone through male puberty.’
McGregor, who had played ‘pretty serious’ men’s cricket as a young male, said it was not right to be taking a spot in a sport that is divided on gender lines precisely to prevent men from dominating and to give girls and women a chance to take part.
‘I would never want to take a slot from a young aspiring-born female cricketer, and I got to that view after having experimented with it – and probably a mistake on my part to be honest with you,’ McGregor said.
McGregor said that sporting greats Greg Chappell and Paddy Howard had offered her an opportunity to try out in senior women’s cricket – but it just ‘didn’t work out’.
McGregor said she realized she had made an error after playing senior women’s cricket at 63
mcgregor told Women’s Weekly in 2015 that leading up to her gender transition she had been besides herself.
‘I was boiling over with the idea that I was living the wrong gender,’ McGregor said.
‘I can’t convey – I don’t have the language – to explain what it was like to live in that turmoil, but it was a nightmare, I could barely sleep.’
McGregor’s revelations come as debate rages over transgender sports ahead of the May 21 federal election.
Liberal candidate Katherine Deves, who was hand-picked by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to run in the key northern Sydney seat of Warringah, but her position has been attacked by the party’s left because of her campaign to ban transgender athletes from women’s sport.
The mother-of-three believes that athletes who are born male have biological advantages and should not be allowed to compete against biological women.
In a series of now-deleted tweets from April last year, Ms Deves also described transgender kids as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilized’, and compared the Protect Women’s Sport movement she co-founded to standing up against the Holocaust.
She also claimed that half the men who transition are sex offenders.
Ms Deves later apologized for her use of language in the tweets and said she has received a barrage of death threats from extremists online.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended her on Wednesday.
‘Aussies are sick of walking on eggshells… the remarks that Katherine has made in the past that have been insensitive… she’s withdrawn those remarks and I think she has learned that.’ Morrison said.
Meanwhile, Aussie Olympic swimmer Emma McKeon weighed in on the issue on Wednesday saying she wouldn’t want to race against swimmers born male.
McGregor (pictured with Tony Abbott) said she took part in men’s cricket before her transition
The transgender former Aussie defense force officer (pictured at a Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras event) said she can’t be too provocative given her role as veteran’s advocate at NSW RSL